Welcome to the StarDraft! Here’s how you play.
The first thing you’ll do is participate in a live draft with all the other people in your league. Basically, you and your friends all go into a chatroom of sorts and pick your teams from a huge pool of celebrities. The order you pick in is randomly assigned, and follows a snake order, meaning it changes direction each round (so if you have 10 teams, it goes from 1 to 10 in the first round, and 10 to 1 in the second round, and so on). You can use our rankings to help guide you, but we also recommend supplementing with your own research--it’s more fun that way!
Once someone picks a celebrity, they belong to that team and cannot be chosen by any other team. The rounds progress until everyone has picked a team of 10 celebrities.
There are three categories for celebrities: Film, TV, and Music. You must pick at least 2 celebrities from each category. Some celebrities will be eligible in multiple categories and will count toward your quota for all categories in which they are eligible. Throughout the season, your team must always have at least 2 celebs in each category.
Celebrities earn points by being nominated for and winning awards, as detailed in our scoring rules. You can only earn points for people who are on your team at the time the points are awarded. However, it’s not enough just to have them on your team. In order to receive points, the celebrity has to be in your active lineup.
The point values for award nominations range from 1 to 3, and for award wins the values range from 1 to 6, depending on the type and prestige of the award. Your goal is to rack up more points than anyone else in your league over the course of the season. Check out our Scoring Rules for a detailed breakdown of points!
When nomination dates and award shows roll around, you’ll want to make sure you’ve set your lineups by the time the points begin flowing in. The way to do this is to go to your team page and make sure you’ve selected active for the 6 celebs you want to earn you points. So for the Grammys, you’re going to want to make sure your musicians are active, but you can leave them inactive for the Oscars and activate your actors.
We know there are a lot of dates to keep track of, so make sure you follow along with our Events page to help keep you on top of your game.
At any time during the season, you can change who is on your team. This season, we’ve changed to a simplified add/drop system. All you have to do is go to the available celebrities list, click “add” next to the celeb you want, and then drop whichever celeb you don’t want to keep. You will not lose the points you’ve already earned for the celeb you dropped, but you also will not gain points previously earned by the celeb you’re adding--only points going forward. Also, keep in mind that once you drop a celeb, the rest of your league can snatch them up--so be careful who you drop!